Holbeach school opens its doors for fun activities

Year 8 students from University Academy Holbeach with music teacher Sam Graper (back right) and members of Deepings-based early music ensemble Freshe Ayre.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Year 8 students from University Academy Holbeach with music teacher Sam Graper (back right) and members of Deepings-based early music ensemble Freshe Ayre. Photo by Tim Wilson.

University Academy Holbeach opened its doors to a number of special guests on Thursday just three weeks after the start of the new school year.

Prospective students were given plenty to think about at the school’s open evening where existing students and staff showed the range of subjects offered at its site in Park Road, Holbeach.

University Academy Holbeach students Jodie Benjamin, Ebony Harris and Kristers Mileriko work on artwork during the school's opening evening.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

University Academy Holbeach students Jodie Benjamin, Ebony Harris and Kristers Mileriko work on artwork during the school's opening evening. Photo by Tim Wilson.

There were demonstrations from art, history, geography, food technology, design technology and science departments, as well as information about the school’s Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.

University Academy Holbeach then hosted a music workshop on Monday led by early English music ensemble Freshe Ayre whose members are Philip and Jo Astle, John and Victoria Worthington, Janet Donaldson and woodwind teacher Ann Wright.

Samantha Graper, the school’s head of music, said: “Ann is our windwind teacher and when she said that she was also in this early music group called Freshe Ayre, she asked whether they could come in and do a music workshop as our Year Eight students are looking at the subject.

“Philip and Jo know so much about early English music and the main facts about the period, so the workshop went really well.

Philip and Jo know so much about early English music and the main facts about the period, so the workshop went really well.

Samantha Graper, head of music at University Academy Holbeach

“The students asked questions about the music, which is different to classicasl music, they were fascinated by seeing all these instruments and the different sounds made which made the workshop very special.”

MUSIC REVIEW - PLAYFUL PIPES BY FRESHE AYRE, Priory Church, Deeping St James

James Lai-Kit and Marcus Bloomfield ignite methane bubbles for a science demonstration with teacher Sara Sadd at University Academy Holbeach's open evening.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

James Lai-Kit and Marcus Bloomfield ignite methane bubbles for a science demonstration with teacher Sara Sadd at University Academy Holbeach's open evening. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Geography student Kirsty Sewell shows youngsters how to build a model volcano.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Geography student Kirsty Sewell shows youngsters how to build a model volcano. Photo by Tim Wilson.